|Towards 'companerismo' : a theology of relational embodiment - Wetherilt, Ann.|
In a society and culture slowly awakening to the impact of rampant individualism and self-serving action, the quest for “community” has become a central focus of life for many people here in these United States. I particular, the concept has been picked up by the Christian churches as they reflect on the “communal” foundation of their faith, as they understand it. It is the contention of this paper that much of what is sought and understood as “community” falls short of the commitmen...
|Pilgrimage and divinity : crossroads of place, time and space - Vincent, Charlene.|
This thesis is born out of the belief that we, each and every one, have an innate ability to shed all that is earthly and “to be” in Sacred space i.e. to be one with the Divine. Whether this occurs ona mountaintop, a city street, a holy site, a church, a synagogue, mosque, or temple or at seminary; whether it involves rituals, sights and sounds belonging to a specific place; or whether it can be found in the absence of all of the above, are questions that I seek to answer through my research...
Keywords: Vincent, Charlene
|Trust is a queer thing - Wilson, Nancy.|
Trust is the key to the success of the Metropolitan Community Chruches (MCC) as a denomination and a movement. There are so many things MCC needs in order to succeed, but I am convinced that trust and trustworthy leadership is not just a key, but THE key. Exploring the concept of trust from the viewpoint of experts in organizational development, business, and theology will be central to this project...
Keywords: Metropolitan Community Church
|Recreating our stories : a theological journey with anger - Buxton, Rosemarie C.|
A reflection on stories of anger within the Jewish and Christian traditions, particularly as they relate to women, some of the history of the theology and ethics of anger, and finally, on the psychological, pastoral, and even health consequences for women of the expression and repression of anger.--Abstract.
Keywords: Jesus Christ--Person and offices
|Striking scenes: theo-ethical dimensions of film - Culbertson, Meghan Sumner.|
The primary purpose of this project is to draw on … different disciplines in order to analyze and critique two particular films [Thelma and Louise, Do the Right Thing] within the context of theology and ethics. -- Abstract
Keywords: Thelma & Louise (Motion picture)
|Building sacred space for the new millennium - Smith, Amelia L. J.|
This thesis reviews five specific examples on Unitarian Universalist architecture in the past decade. A guiding question for my study of these buildings has been whether or not these worship spaces and churches reflect the identity of the religious communities they shelter. To begin with, I will provide a brief and general overview of the historical and contemporary contexts of these buildings. A brief history of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist architecture provides an import...
Keywords: Unitarian Universalist church buildings--United States
|Discerning hearts : Christian ethical critique of circumcision - Collonge, Chelsea.|
"This thesis argues that infant male circumcision is a legitimate and relevant social issue for the field of Christian ethics, and analyzes the range of contemporary Christian responses to circumcision in the United States, both academic and popular. Christianity played a role in the rise of secular medical circumcision in the Victorian period, and many American Christians practice circumcision today...
Keywords: Circumcision; Circumcision--Religious aspects--Christianity; Circumcision--Moral and ethical aspects
|The bread of life : a theo-ethical analysis of world agriculture - Greenwood, Anna Margaret|
The thesis of this paper is that the solution to the world’s hunger crisis is not, simply, to increase production, try and curb the world’s population growth, and deal with the periodic food shortages and famines by giving food, technology and trade assistance. After having done extensive research, I have concluded that hunger in the world today is caused by the means of production and by the unjust structures of distribution in the modern, capitalist, agricultural system...
Keywords: Hunger--Religious aspects--Christianity
|How then shall we live? An interreligious eco-justice model for the local community - Schell-Lambert, Anita Louise.|
The aim of this thesis is to examine the global environmental crisis that has escalated in the last decade, and to explore what people of faith, specifically people adopting Buddhist and Christian ecofeminist views of the environment, can bring to the moral dilemma. --Abstract.
Keywords: Ecofeminism--Religious aspects--Christianity
|Towards a theology of personhood : the gift of the Alzheimer Christian as a way of re-connecting ourselves to God, through which the reclaiming of the gifts of the church can assist us - Haggart, Blair Alan|
The questions that have informed my journey have been posed in light of profound relationships with remarkable people who happen to suffer from a very strange and difficult disorder. Their journeys have been fraught with uncertainty and have put tremendous emotional strain on family and friends. In seeking answers to my questions, I was invited to witness their personal struggles to maintain some form of connection with the very pulse that gives them life...
Keywords: Alzheimer's disease -- Patients -- Religious life
|Recovering hospitality : toward a partaking community - Wood, William James.|
This thesis explored the practice of hospitality and how the church and its institutions can recover the age-old practice of hospitality in an era of market church survival. This essay is not so much a “how to do it” cookbook, although it tis grounded in experience and context, as it is ammunition in making the claim that church institutions and organizations can be transformed into living centers of mutual empowerment.-- Abstract.
Keywords: St. John's Episcopal Church (Wichita, Kan.)
|The transformation-driven parish - Fisher, Douglas John.|
No one (according to my research) has written about personal transformation with social transformation as the mission of the parish. No one has overlaid social transformation onto personal transformation in the context of parish life and mission. Theologian Richard Rohr (who forms much of his work from the spiritual insights of Thomas Merton) says, “true Christian spirituality requires both an inner journey to the depth of the soul and an outer journaey to the broken of society...
Keywords: Grace Episcopal Church (Millbrook, N.Y.)
|In search of Karen theology : relevant Christological and soteriological inquiries - Opehtoo, Saw Solomon|
"The Christian Karens are the majority of Christian population in Burmese Christianity. For many decades, Christian Karens have represented the image of Burmese Christianity. Theologies of Christian Karens are considered as the theologies of Burmese Christians. The nineteenth century Christian theologies rooted in the western missionaries do not work in today’s experience of the Burmese people, both Christians and non-Christians...
Keywords: Karen (Southeast Asian people)--Missions; Missions--Burma; Christianity and culture--Burma; Liberation theology; Postcolonial theology
|Divine diversity: The Church's challenge or god's greatest imagination - Provis, Robyn A.|
This thesis is a testament to my struggle to say something important that counts - to articulate a holy hunch ... The diversity found within humanity is both intentional and incarnational, and can provide an embodied means to genuine community, becuase it is the essence of and a gift from God. -- Abstract.
Keywords: Christianity and culture
|Returning to holy wells : reflections on refreshing God's people - West, Paul Francis|
At its heart this thesis is an invitation. I invite the reader to share the journey stated in the thesis title: Returning to Holy Wells: Reflections on Refreshing God’s People.” That returning must never cease because our spiritual grounding unfolds as a continuous process and through the repetition of what we practice. It can be no other way for we do not ‘own’ the Holy. We grow thirsty on such a journey, and we need repeated refreshment for our deepest spiritual thirsts...
Keywords: Eucharistic prayers--Episcopal Church--Liturgy
|Re-visioning Martha - Yamaguchi, Satoko|
In this thesis I have tried to illuminate the importance of using a different historical imagination in revisioning our traditions and history. A different historical imagination enables us to ask new questions, and they, in turn, lead us to further expansion of even more different historical imaginations. In my search for a different historical imagination, I have also tried to illustrate the importance of who tells what stories and how they are told...
Keywords: Martha, Saint
|Our final voyage : the Titanic and the Ark as models for environmental survival - Spilecki, Susan|
This master's thesis will offer two models to examine worldviews for human survival: the Titanic and the Ark. I conclude that the Ark represents the preferable worldview from an ecological perspective and argue that it is the basis for a more egalitarian view of laity in the church. I also suggest similar such studies as the basis for lay-led Christian formation activities centered on Creation care.
Keywords: Ecotheology; Human ecology--Religious aspects--Christianity; Animals--Religious aspects--Christianity; Environmental ethics
|A baptismal model for ministry in the Episcopal Church - Shumard, Jim.|
Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist are the two primary sacraments of the Church and The Book of Common Prayer clearly puts them at the core of our liturgical life together and at the core of ministry. I hope in this thesis to, in the words of Fredrica Thompsett, “weave a tapestry of advice,” which clearly lifts up the symbols and values of baptism and the ministry of the baptized as expressed in the liturgies of Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist...
Keywords: Lay ministry--Episcopal Church
|Eucharistic liturgy as emancipatory performance : The significance of Indian street theatre - Ackley, Susan|
An attempt to look at Eucharistic liturgy through the lens of Indian street theater, with the hope that the latter will suggest specific ways to re-form the performance of Eucharistic liturgies so that they may more effectively mediate the sacramental promise of liberation/salvation. --Abstract.
Keywords: Street theater--India
|Anti-oppression visual art in churches: Saint John's Memorial Chapel at Episcopal Divinity School as a case study - Scheyer, Joyce Mack|
This study will help to prepare lay and ordained ministers in the Episcopal church to notice the exclusion of African-Americans from visual art in worship space. My observations about what I found and what was missing in visual art in various churches led me to write this thesis. This study is designed to meet the current need for Christian education and to prepare ministers to lead worship in liturgical space that is true to the evolving demographics of Episcopal parishes...
Keywords: Art and religion
|Through the looking glass : Identity, community and sacrament in virtual reality - Hipsher, B. K.|
Drawing on over three years of ministry in the virtual world of Second Life as a case study, this thesis explores the question, “Is online ministry ethical and effective for the spiritual development of individuals in the formation of a faith community?” We explore why many people are suspicious of the possibility of relating to others in virtual reality. Addressing the obvious issues of perceived and real anonymity, we consider how virtual relationships are similar and different to face-to-...
Keywords: Metropolitan Community Church; Virtual reality--Religious aspects; Second Life (Game); Shared virtual environments; Technology--Religious aspects
|The storm of Isaiah in John Adams's El Nino - Betz, Madelyn|
With a primary focus on the Isaiah texts from the librettos of Adams's musical work [El Nino], this thesis will document how the texts are used to tell the story of the nativity. -- Abstract
|Immigrant youth ministry : identity formation and second-generation Church of South India young people - Mathews, Koshy|
This thesis focuses on the racial and religious identity development of second-generation Kerala Christian Americans belonging to the Church of South India (CSI) congregations in North America. The primary purpose of this study is to develop ways to carry out ethnic youth ministry that would be sensitive to the ethnic identity formation of second-generation young people. In the exploration of such a ministry, this study makes the assertion that ethnic identity development of these young people s...
Keywords: Church of South India--United States
|A plan for individual engagement in advancing the Millenium Development Goals - Bronson, William E.|
The thesis will address the question - what can we do to mitigate the tragedy of over 20,000 of our fellow human beings dying every day in the developing world due to hunger, disease, exposure, and neglect.--Abstract.
Keywords: UN Millennium Project
|There were also women : the Gospel according to Anna - Alsop, Pauline D|
... a brief glimpse of how the story of Jesus might have appeared to a woman disciple who, unlike any of the canonical evangelists, was an eyewitness to many of the events of his life, death and resurrection, as imagined by a late twentieth century feminist. -- Abstract
Keywords: Bible.N.T. Gospels--Feminist criticism
|Tuned to the source: an exploration of queer sexuality and spirituality in leather, life and scripture - Brown, Lea D.|
My thesis will explore the healing power found in the union of sexuality and spirituality... sharing evidence of how it is transformational in the lives of queer people, and demonstrating whre evidence of it can be found in scripture. -- Abstract.
Keywords: Metropolitan Community Church
|Newman's theory of development and its historical context - Molleur, Michael B. Joseph.|
This thesis will explore [John Henry] Newman’s notion of the development of doctrine, with attention to the historical context in which he wrote. -- Abstract.
Keywords: Newman, John Henry, 1801-1890. Theory of developments in religious doctrine
|Las posadas: Hispanic ministry and the Episcopal Church in the diocese of Massachusetts - Dickson, Priscilla Nye.|
This project thesis will present: first, some understanding of the social location and spirituality of Hispanics and the Episcopal Church, a description of what happened in meetings, and third, the theological foundation for the work. Finally I present a model which will hopefully be useful for others who are working to help groups of people of different backgrounds to understand each other and work together...
Keywords: Church work with Hispanic Americans--Episcopal Church
|Jesus' paradigm of ministry : a holistic approach for Korean worship - Chah, Chwoong-Hoh|
The major premise in my thesis is that Jesus’ universal paradigm of ministry liberates and re-creates Confuncianized Koreans. It is symbolized in the new worship model of observing all that Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:20. My assumption is that a worship form should be considered as culmination of ministry or symbolic of a ministerial system. – Abstract.
Keywords: Jesus Christ--Teachings
|Episcopal female clergy leaders of African heritage: trailblazers and colleagues - Coleman, Karen|
"Episcopal female clergy leaders of African heritage: trailblazers and colleagues" is a two part work focused on two groups of women and their stories, spiritual formation, ministry and struggles. The first part consists of interviews with five of the first eleven African American women ordained as priests in the Episcopal Church. The second section looks at the ministry of some of my colleagues, whose paths I have crossed during our ministry, who have or are working in all or predominantly whit...
Keywords: African American women--Religious life
|Two men, two movements and our call to seek justice: Bayard Rustin, Troy Perry and the civil rights and gay rights movements - Dubose, Renee|
The impetus for this thesis was the 2004 grassroots effort to defeat Amendment 1 in my home state of Georgia. During that experience I witnessed some of the unfinished racial and relational work that exists between members of the African American and GLBT communities as well as the tension of those who identify as both African American and GLBT. This paper offers insights regarding some of the similarities and differences of the Civil Rights and Gay Rights Movements in order to continue the dial...
Keywords: Perry, Troy D
|Good genes : emerging values for science, religion and society, a group study guide - Ames, David and Colib B. Gracey|
Good genes: Emerging Values for Science, Religion and Society is a group study guide and resource book for ethical deliberation and discussion about issues raised by recent developments in molecular biology, genetics and technology as these effect humankind. Everyone who makes choices or decisions which affect our own lives and the lives of others, and this includes all of us, has experience in ethics and therefore should be invited to approach this curriculum as equals, as learners from each ot...
Keywords: Medical ethics
|Walking with storms: lesbians in AIDS work - Walters, Jennifer L.|
Among those who work with AIDS organizations, lesbians occupy the margins. In the gay community, communites of color and in the health care industry, the contributions of lesbians to the work against AIDS goes unacknowledged ... This is my attempt to learn from and give voice to lesbians of every race, ethnicity and religious heritage who have chosen to walk with this storm. - Abstract.
Keywords: AIDS (Disease) -- Religious aspects
|Viriditas, a reading in retreat : teaching holistic spirituality through symbols found in the writings of Hildegard of Bingen - Christianson, Regina.|
The author proposes a, “Reading in Retreat,” a three day retreat based on one of Hildegard‟s most holistic symbols- viriditas, greenness, the effective presence and working of the Holy Spirit in creation and in our spiritual lives.8Viriditas belongs to a group of symbols (a symbol cluster) that evoke wholeness and salvation. The retreat explores the symbol itself, how Hildegard uses this symbol, and how it supports a healthy spirituality...
Keywords: Hildegard; Saint; 1098-1179; Spiritual life; Spiritual formation
|Theological and pragmatic investigation of a sacred "hang out" space for youth in Manchester, Massachusetts - Harris, Andrew Sturgis|
In this thesis I have explored the need of middle school children in Manchester for “a place” to “hang out.” Toward that end, I have also explored my own life path and the reasons I know that I am called by God to work for “a place’ of these children in Manchester. I have concluded that there are overwhelming theological, ethical, and social imperatives supporting this goal. Nonetheless, I have also concluded that Manchester has a long history of shortchanging its children...
Keywords: Church work with teenagers--Massachusetts--Manchester
|A Trinitarian-relational model for clergy of the Old Catholic Church, Province of the United States - Ananis, Rosemary.|
"The Old Catholic Church, Province of the United States (TOCCUSA) is a fledgling church in the Catholic tradition establishing its identity in the United States. As a nascent organization, it presently lacks the structure for educating its clergy. Currently, most of the clergy and membership were formed in the Roman Catholic Church and because TOCCUSA envisions a more inclusive, welcoming and contemporary Catholic Church, a new model of ministry better reflecting its ethos is desired...
Keywords: Old Catholic Church in America; Catholic traditionalist movement; Independent Catholic Churches; Clergy; Training of; Trinity; Pastoral theology
|Queering church : integrating queer theology in congregational life in Metropolitan Community churches - Amos, Kharma R.|
A contribution to the conversation taking place in MCC (Metropolitan Community Church) about how we can practically recognize and draw upon our unique perspectives and strengths, of which I believe queer theology to be the primary tool, in order to live faithfully into our vision. -- Abstract
Keywords: Queer theory
|A study of the effect of anti-racism education on the attitudes and behaviors of suburban Christians - Flett, Carol M.|
My hope is that an anti-racism education program offered to Christians in a predominantly white suburban community will motivate them to truly follow the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, who created an inclusive community of faithful people, regardless of their race, social or religious staus, or gender. “There is no longer Jew or Greek, thee is nom longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28) What follows is the result of a ...
Keywords: Race relations--Religious aspects--Christianity
|Toward fellow sinners: an ethical and historical exploration of the penology of Miriam Van Waters - Sakalas, Joan M.|
The focus of the thesis is on the ethical foundations of Miriam Van Waters' penology, the process of locating those values entails a braid of several disciplines: biographical research, historical research, and Christian social ethics. -- Abstract
Keywords: Van Waters, Miriam
|Ruach's dance : essays in a purple liberation theology - Powers, Sarah Fairbaim|
What does it mean to transport the methodology and insights of feminist liberation theology into another venue? Specifically, can my faith community, Metropolitan Community Church, benefit from a theology of liberation constructed using feminist liberation theology as a model? I believe the answer is an unqualified “YES!” I came to the Episcopal Divinity School to study theology from within my own context and praxis of Metropolitan Community Church; and I hoped to begin to construct a libera...
Keywords: Metropolitan Community Church--Liberation theology
|Re-mapping the margins : theological reflections on Chinese American experiences in the Episcopal Church - Eoyang, Thomas.|
"This thesis gathers the experiences of a small number of Chinese Americans who, like myself, came to be members of Episcopal congregations that were largely non- Chinese. It makes no claim to be a comprehensive or authoritative “study” of all Chinese Americans in the Episcopal Church. I call the six people who shared their voices Dialog Partners rather than “research subjects.” The Dialog Partners’ voices and my own are put in conversation with literature selected from Asian American ...
Keywords: Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries; Asian-American Protestants--Religious life--United States; Chinese Americans--Religious life; Multiculturalism--Religious aspects--Episcopal Church; Discrimination--Religious aspects--Episcopal Church
|For all God's people : Diverse people of faith for ecumenical witness and public policy - Merritt, James Edward.|
A thesis project in which I will bring together my personal journey to ministry into dialogue with issues of diversity and justice through ecumenical witness, social movements for justice, and engagement in public policy. -- Abstract.
Keywords: Metropolitan Community Church
|Come to the water : the queer congregation as healing community - Saniuk, Joan M.|
Metropolitan Community Churches, and other queer-affirming congregations, are communities of faith for a population that is at once privileged and oppressed: privileged, because those who self-identify as queer are often from the middle and professional classes, and oppressed because of the social and religious anti-queer stigma that is still a very large part of the dominant culture. Because of this oppression, it is predictable that congregants will, to some extent, experience feelings of grie...
Keywords: Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches
|Lesbians and horticulture, lesbians and art: how we can live pastorally, ethically, and creatively - Blanchett-Ramsey, Penny|
My thesis is a view of how we can live pastorally, ethically, and creatively from transgendered lesbian bodies, principles and practices. -- Abstract
Keywords: Lesbianism in art
|Faith and vocational crisis in the experience of Episcopal clergy - James C. Knudson|
The truism that clergy are human includes the facts that clergy are just as prone to suffer the kind of life-crisis that other people suffer as they face the change of perspective of the second half of life. The point of view from which this thesis proceeds is that life-crisis will not be prevented by excellent formation early in a person’s ordained life, but that good early formation could mitigate some of the worst effects in later years...
Keywords: Episcopal Church--Clergy
|From contention to transformation : a liturgical, theological, and dialogical journey to holy and common ground - Bates-Makarias, Priscilla|
To test the theory that the Book of Common Prayer can be a vehicle through which the Church can engage any difficult and contentious issue, my thesis will focus on the development of a dialogue through liturgy that could lead the Church to a theology of Christian Marriage that is inclusive of both heterosexual and homosexual persons. -- Abstract
Keywords: Marriage--Religious aspects--Episcopal Church
|We breathe, we bless : women-church: trodding paths of passion and faith - Taylor-Stypa, Daniel.|
This thesis will serve those who read it as both an “introduction” and an “invitation” to feminist theology in providing a sampling of insights from a range of feminist theologians that may offer encouragement for the readers to further investigate the works written by them. This thesis is also an invitation offered to those women and men who week after week worship in their local churches only to walk out of these institutions frustrate, confused, angered, marginalized and searching per...
Keywords: Women--Religious life--United States
|Beyond tentmaking: a study in bivocational ministry - Doran, Frederick Henry.|
The aim of this project/thesis is to explore and reflect upon the ramifications of the relationship between parish ministry and real estate, and to lift up a unique kind of ministry to scrutiny, it is also its aim to make certain recommendations to future ministers, to seminary professors, to denominational officials, and to those engaged in the real estate business. -- Abstract.
Keywords: Part-time employment
|Liturgical change: of life, liberty, pursuit - Blacklock, Martha|
When we began I was looking for an experience in liturgy that would transform me into someone capable of living justly and compassionately. And I was an Episcopal priest with responsibility to see that sacraments happen. And now? The same. With a blind, formless, sniffing hunch that there is a way of acting, a performance, a gesture? that can turn us to the death and resurrection that creates every possibility for a life restored … The point! That we’re that close, all the time, to some vivi...
Keywords: Spiritual life--Christianity
|Finding somewhere else to go : The effect of the conservative takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention on ministers who would not conform to the new leadership and theology - Savage-King, Cynthia Dawne|
In 1979 conservatives in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) staged a successful coup and gained total control of the denomination. Ministers who were not “loyal to the party in power” either left the new, conservative SBC or were chased away. This thesis uses interviews with W. Randall Lolley, Ginger Barfield, Anna Anderson, Molly Marshall, and Mona West to describe their journeys into and out of the Southern Baptist Convention...
Keywords: :Southern Baptist Convention--History--20th century; Southern Baptist Convention--Controversial literature; Baptists--History--20th century; Baptists--Controversial literature